Adding shadowing to your PowerPoint images

This is a subtle tip (or at least it should be in my opinion). When you add an image into a PowerPoint slide, it normally starts out in a pretty flat state. However, you can use the Shape Effects option to add some depth to the image, and it can make your slides look a lot more professional. Here’s how to do that…

Using the Screenshot feature in Excel

Here’s a feature in Excel that I never noticed before… like *that’s* a surprise! 🙂 If you need to add a screenshot in an Excel spreadsheet (perhaps for documentation), you can use the Screenshot feature that’s built into Excel… and you can manipulate the image once it’s out there! Here’s how you do that…

Pinning SharePoint document libraries to the Windows Quick Access area

If you use document libraries in SharePoint a lot, you’re probably best friends with the Open In Explorer option that launches the SharePoint document library in the Windows File Explorer interface. However, one of my co-workers (Sara Rice) brought this tip to my attention… you can pin that document library to the Windows File Explorer’s Quick Access area for faster access in the future. Here’s how that works…

Starting Outlook in something other than Inbox

It’s so common, I don’t even think about it any longer… when you start Outlook, it opens up in the Inbox. However, I saw a posting today by Jason Womack that tossed out the assumption that you *have* to start Outlook that way. Here’s how you can open it up in any folder you’d like…

Using the Read Aloud feature in Outlook

Have you ever gotten an email from someone that looks more like a novel than a request? Have you wished you could just have someone read it to you while you focus on something else? Well, with the Read Aloud feature in Outlook, you can now do that! Here’s how…

Following videos in Microsoft Stream

Stream is Microsoft’s video platform for Office 365. I often describe it as “YouTube for Office 365”, as that’s a familiar site for many people (and a pretty close analogy to Stream). One of the nice things you can do with Stream is follow a channel where people are posting videos on a particular topic. Here’s how that works…

Closing original emails in Outlook when replying or forwarding…

As I get older, I find that my mind is much more… “efficient” when it comes to “erasing” short-term memory… such as “why did I have this particular email open on my screen, and did I already respond to it?” Well, I just saw an option in Outlook that closes the original email when you do a Reply or Forward, eliminating all the screen clutter. Here’s how it works…